NEWPORT -- The strongest windstorm in several years struck the Oregon Coast early Wednesday morning.
A gust at Cape Foulweather reached 110 mph, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard. Yachats hit 109 and Lincoln City had an 81 mph gust.
Combined seas to 30 feet with wind gusts of between to 90-100 mph were expected. All inland areas along the coast were under a High Wind Warning until 4 p.m., Wednesday.
"Sneaker waves, which are always dangerous, are magnified by winter storm surges and we recommend people storm watch from headlands and viewpoints," Oregon Parks and Rec Beach Safety Education Coordinator Robert Smith said. "Also, our beaches become narrower when sand is eroded away leaving little room to escape at some points. Even the most experienced beachcombers can be caught unaware unless they stay alert."
"If it gets as strong as they're talking about, there will probably be some people losing shingles and that kind of stuff," said Jim Buisman, Lincoln County's public works director. "It's really hard to predict, of course. A lot's going to depend on just where it hits and how hard it hits."
Residents in coastal communities are used to powerful winds, Buisman said, and crews are ready to respond to hazards.
The Coast Guard in Astoria was securing its equipment and reminding mariners that river bars often close in severe weather, Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said. People should check their safety equipment before taking a boat out, or they should ensure it's safely moored if they're on land, he said.
A High Surf Advisory was also issued through 7 p.m. at the Central Oregon Coast, with swells reaching 25 to 30 feet. and powerful breakers expected in the surf zone.
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